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Immigrants make positive contributions to Aotearoa New Zealand’s social, economic, and cultural landscape. Immigrants should be welcomed and enabled to thrive.

Immigrants are welcome in Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Immigration policies should be impartial regarding countries of origin, ethnicities, cultures, age, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • Priority should be given to migrants whose skills will help build a low-emissions economy that lifts living standards.

The right to live in Aotearoa New Zealand derives from te Tiriti o Waitangi

  • Iwi and hapu should have opportunities to contribute to immigration policy decisions, and to the welcoming and settling of new migrants.
  • Te Tiriti education should be compulsory for all immigrants, at appropriate times to maximise engagement i.e. not just immediately upon arrival.

Aotearoa New Zealand should welcome more refugees

  • The refugee quota should be progressively increased, with settlement support to match.
  • The family reunification system should be fair, transparent, and compassionate.
  • People granted asylum should have access to the same support services as refugees.
  • We should prepare for and welcome people displaced by climate change, particularly from Pacific Island countries, while also providing support for people to stay in their homelands.

Immigrants should be supported to thrive in New Zealand

  • English language training should be widely available wherever immigrants live, along with cultural orientation information, te reo education opportunities, and civics education.
  • Overseas partners should be issued with provisional residency status, with barriers to family members coming to New Zealand reduced – especially for dependent children, disabled family members, and elderly parents.
  • Effects of population growth on the environment, economy, and infrastructure need to be actively managed and planned for.

Migrant workers have a right to fair working conditions

  • Employers should be required to provide the same working conditions and wages to temporary migrant employees, as they do to local employees doing the same job.
  • Worksites where temporary migrant workers are employed, including fishing vessels, should be closely and frequently monitored.
  • Temporary migrant workers with in-demand skills should have pathways to residency.

Latest Immigration Announcements


Govt must extend Samoa visa changes to all Pacific countries

Thanks to Green Party pressure, visitors from Samoa can soon travel to Aotearoa without a visa – a right that should be extended to every Pacific c...
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Govt continuing to prioritise high income earners in immigration system

The resumption today of the parent visa category needs to be followed by an end to the Government’s unfair salary based family reunification policy.
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Unacceptable immigration policy makes income a barrier to families being together

It is unacceptable for the Government to prioritise family reunification for high income earners, while forcing those on lower incomes to stay apar...
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Immigration rules must focus on workers’ rights, not just cater to businesses’ needs

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s decision to remove specific qualification requirements to enable more skilled chefs to come to Aotearoa, ...
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Govt’s migrant worker plan an ambulance at the bottom of the cliff

Once again the Government has stopped short of making necessary changes that will end the exploitation of people who travel to Aotearoa to work.
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RSE expansion stops short of what’s needed

Today’s expansion of the Recognised Seasonal Employer Scheme (RSE) fails to guarantee Pacific people traveling to Aotearoa for work a warm place to...
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